North coast fishing report

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Opportunities are about to pop for north coast anglers.

Nearshore and all-depth halibut fisheries, ocean coho (south of Cape Falcon), spring Chinook, catch and keep sturgeon fishing, bottomfishing and crabbing are all on the table for anglers on the central and north coast this weekend. Now, we just need the weather and fish to cooperate.

Most fisheries are progressing as expected, spring Chinook in Tillamook Bay remains challenging, but we’re in peak season.

District rivers will see a slight river bump over the weekend, but fish are likely to respond given how dry the weather has been as of late. Summer steelhead action is improving on the Siletz River, but the Wilson and Nestucca remain challenging. Spring Chinook fishing on the Trask and Nestucca should improve this weekend, but anglers will still have to employ low-water strategies for success.

Ocean weather may settle down by Sunday or Monday, but that’ll be too late for those wanting to fish the productive halibut grounds out of Newport.

Anglers will be anxious to test the waters for the predicted abundant coho return this year. It’s only open south of Cape Falcon starting June 12th. It’s expected to be good, really good. Coho this time of year aren’t large in size however, but soon, they’re expected to put on about a pound per week when feed is most abundant.

Ocean crabbing is getting more challenging as quality crab have headed for the deeper water, at least out of Newport. We’re approaching molt season so the window for quality crab is quickly closing. Bay crabbing has become more challenging as well.


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